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Dubai

There's no place like Dubai. A glittering, hi-tech coastal city in the middle of a desert, the place couldn't be more different from its surroundings. Home to the world's tallest building and some of its biggest shopping malls, it's also known as the UAE's most liberal and progressive emirate.

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Welcome to Dubai

Dubai always defies expectations - until you've visited, it's hard to imagine just how much there is to see and do there. While famous for its sprawling shopping centres, filled with fashion boutiques, jewellers and technology outlets, the city is also home to some beautiful beaches offering some of the best sunbathing and watersports activities in the area, as well as world-class golf courses, gourmet restaurants and plentiful entertainment.

Dubai might be an increasingly modern, hi-tech destination, but there is also plenty of history here, celebrated by the city's many museums and mosques. If the glamour and bustle of the downtown area becomes too much, visitors can always pay a visit to the souks and art galleries of Old Dubai.

 

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Dubai International Airport DXB

Dubai International Airport is an international airport serving Dubai. It is a major airline hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai. The airport consists of three terminals and has a total capacity of 80 million passengers annually. Terminal 3 is the second largest building in the world by floor space and the largest airport terminal in the world. There are over 7,000 weekly flights operated by 140 airlines to over 230 destinations across every continent except Antarctica.

Dubai International is an important contributor to the Dubai economy, employing approximately 58,000 people, and indirectly supports over 250,000 jobs in Dubai and contributes over US$22 billion to the GDP, which represents around 19 per cent of total employment in Dubai, and 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP. It is predicted that by 2020 the economic contribution of Dubai’s aviation sector will rise to 32 per cent of Dubai’s GDP and support over 373,000 jobs.

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Weather

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Things to do

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    Shopping Malls

    Dubai is, without a doubt, the shopping capital of the Middle East. Its legendary malls are some of the largest in the world, housing everything from independent boutiques to big-name chains from all over the world. There are far too many shopping centres to list here, so here are the big three in detail:

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    Ski Dubai

    If skiing was the last thing on your mind when you booked a journey to a desert city, be prepared to think again! Ski Dubai is the Middle East's first indoor ski and snowboarding resort, offering 22,500 sq m covered by real snow all year round. With five runs catering to all abilities - the longest of which is nearly half a kilometre long - it's the closest thing to the Alps you'll find in the Middle East.

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    The Gold Souk

    Whether you're in the market for some stunning gold and platinum jewellery, or just want to marvel at the skill and artisanship of Dubai's many jewellers, the Gold Souk is for you. A traditional market in the centre of Deira, the Gold Souk is home to more than 300 traders, from established brands like Damas and Shyam Jewellery to smaller independent craftsmen.

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    Bastakia Quarter

    If you fancy a break from downtown Dubai's glitz and glamour, the Bastakia Quarter offers a rare glimpse of the simple fishing village the city once was. Nestled between the Dubai Creek and the Bur Dubai shopping district, the Bastakia Quarter has gone largely untouched by the modernisation that has taken place elsewhere in Dubai, full of narrow lanes, wind towers and traditional souks and cafés.